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The Person I Am Becoming

Mission Year staff often talks about being stretched and being uncomfortable and I tell you, this hasn’t been the easiest journey. This transition into adulthood, planting myself in Chicago and internal battles has left me with major growing pains. Going home to  Atlanta for Christmas break was very unfamiliar and  made me realize how much Read More

Our Tireless God

“Your love never fails, it never gives up. It never runs out on me.” Somehow, God never gets tired. He never gets tired of revealing His truth to us or breaking our rhythms to make a way for His plans. He never, ever gets tired of loving us. He does everything, sees everything, knows everything… and Read More

God With Us

About a month ago I was challenged with the idea that whole of the Gospel can be summed up in the name that was given at Jesus’ birth: Emmanuel- meaning “God is with us”. God loved those who were made in his image so much that he came to be with us. To live the Read More

Lessons From Tech Fast

I recently completed a five week technology fast, which is part of Mission Year’s programming. It was incredibly good for our house, my life, and my spirit. The parameters were that we could not use our phone, laptops, or other technological devices; we could listen to music out loud in a group setting, no headphones; due Read More

What Shalom Means to Me

“Look! God and his children are together again. No more running away. Or hiding. No more crying or being lonely or afraid. No more being sick or dying. Because all of those things are gone. Yes, they’re gone forever. Everything sad has come untrue. And see – I have wiped away every tear from every Read More

A Different Kind of Chaplain

When people ask me why I became a chaplain, I always find myself starting with “well… I did this thing called Mission Year.”  At first glance, the two are not necessarily related. However, I find that I can’t tell the story of why I spend my days sitting in hospital rooms, nursing homes, or living Read More

A Different Kind of Student

I look around during a lecture on human anatomy and see a student on their phone checking Facebook. I see a pair of students watching a movie on their laptop, someone sleeping, another pair laughing at how the professor spoke. A third of the class isn’t even here, and hasn’t shown up except for the exams. In Read More

Where Do I Go From Here?

This is now third trimester of Mission Year and I am determined to make the most of it. How am I to make sure that I do that? Well I believe that it starts with not living like Mission Year is over and taking it one day at a time. Why did I decide to Read More

A Different Kind Of Nurse

Prior to committing to Mission Year, I was 5 years into my career as a registered nurse in an inpatient, acute care setting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was confident and comfortable. There’s danger in comfort sometimes. It can lead to complacency, stagnation, and potentially stunt one’s personal growth. I found myself in that place where Read More

A Different Kind of Teacher

As an 18 year old in my 2nd semester of Bible College, I wrestled with the idea that this God I was learning about had been reduced to words on pages. Everything I “knew” about God could be acquired through the scripture, or through a textbook published by someone who had spent a majority of Read More

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